Getting ready for another weekend of my play, GOING GOING GONE at the Hudson Theare in Hollywood. Come join us.
And now, since it’s Friday…
Jerod Butt starts us off:
I seem to remember cartoons featuring the title of the episode or half-episode at the beginning. I recently satrted watching PITCH and I noticed an episode title under the show title. It seems that this practice is almost non-existent in live action shows.
Why isn't this a more prominent practice?
The title often gives away the plot or a surprise in the episode so I never show them on air.
But now you can go on line or your TV provider menu will generally have the episode title listed. So if you’re really interested that information is available.
Some series had fun with titles like FRIENDS. All of their titles began with “The one with…”
In FRASIER, my partner David Isaacs and I spoofed them by calling an episode "The one where Lilith came back" and "The one where Sam shows up."
I noticed this week that one of my favorite sitcoms--almost criminally underrated if you ask me--The Middle has been moved from its Wednesday time slot of seven years to Tuesday. Is this ever a good thing for a show late in its run or is it more of a gentle hint from the network to the producers that time is not on their side?
One is because they have faith the show can hold its own and its viewers will follow. They can use it to shore up another night or time slot.
The other is that the network has a new show they want to see get the maximum exposure so they slot it after a big hit (like MODERN FAMILY) to increase its chances. In that case, the original show gets put out to pasture.
Personally, I think the time slot is less important today than it was in the past. People DVR shows or stream them or binge-watch. I watch THE MIDDLE and didn’t even realize it’s broadcast on Wednesday night.
You always write such nice, glowing tributes of people who've passed on. How nice that Emyli gets to enjoy this. Question: Are stage managers attached to particular theaters or do they go wherever they're needed?
Both. Some stage managers are attached to theaters or theater companies, but even then they can work freelance. My stage manager for A OR B? when I did it at the Falcon Theatre was Dale Cooke. He was fantastic and does most of the productions they do there. But I know Dale works at other venues as well. Same with Emyli. She’s associated with several prestigious local theater companies.
In hiring these people it’s all about availability.
And finally, with the World Series going on (and my play about baseball) this FQ from Mark:
If you were baseball commissioner what would you do to change the game? From the games themselves to how the league is organized and run.
I would eliminate interleague play. Who gives a shit if the San Diego Padres play the Tampa Bay Rays? The big draw of course is so baseball could have marquee match-ups like the Dodgers and Yankees. But this September, with the Yankees in the wild card hunt and the Dodgers in a pennant race, when the two teams met in New York they drew crowds of 20,000 a game. Jesus. If the Yankees and Dodgers can’t draw what hope is there for the Twins vs. the Diamondbacks? This would require moving one team to a different league to even the number of teams in each league. But so what? Teams have moved before. The Milwaukee Brewers used to be in the American League and the Houston Astros used to be in the National.
Another thing, those September call ups. Now teams can expand their rosters to 40. I would say that’s fine but for each game you are only allowed to use 25 players. You must declare which 25 before game time. It’s nonsense that when you get down the crucial final weeks teams can bring in fifteen different pitchers and seven pinch-runners.
I would insist the World Series games start earlier so that kids can watch and the East Coast can see the end of games. That Dodger-Washington clinching game of the NLDS was absolutely thrilling. But if you lived on the east coast you were staying up until 1 AM to see it.
I would not play regular season games in outside venues. No games in Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, etc. These games are too important. You might not think so in May but come the end of September there are teams that go on or go home based on one game. Teams that have to travel to Japan or Mexico are at a disadvantage.
And it doesn’t have to be a foreign country. When I was with the Padres we played a weekend series in Hawaii. The Cardinals had to travel all the way from St. Louis to Hawaii. MLB needs to find other ways to promote its global presence.
I could go on and on with changes I’d make, but here’s an example: No more walk-up music. Just get in the batters’ box and hit. Players don’t need individual themes.
What’s your Friday Question or suggestion for baseball?